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Looking Towards Easter

The Government will seek to make progress on welfare and local electoral law reform next week.

Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee said when the House sat next Tuesday the Government would seek to progress the Student Loan Scheme Amendment Bill (No 2), Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill. and the Local Electoral Amendment Bill (No 2).

Wednesday would be a members day and Brownlee expected MPs to agree to rise early on Thursday before the Easter Holidays.

MPs agreed to two notices of motion, one noting that today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and supports the United Nations Secretary-General’s call that we should “recommit to ending racial discrimination and realising our vision of justice, equality and freedom from fear for all.

The second noted that today is the eighth anniversary of World Down’s Syndrome Day and the House recognised the contribution that those with Down’s Syndrome made to the House.

Select Committee reports were presented on:

2011/12 financial review of the Waikato District Health Board by the Health Committee

Briefing from Health Benefits Limited by the Health Committee

Petition 2011/21 of Jennifer Maree Hooper by the Health Committee

2011/12 financial review of New Zealand Historic Places Trust (Pouhere Taonga), the New Zealand Lotteries Commission, the Office of Film and Literature Classification, and Sport and Recreation New Zealand by the Government Administration Committee

2011/12 financial review of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Board, the New Zealand Film Commission, and the New Zealand Fire Service Commission by the Government Administration Committee

Petition 2011/46 of John Leadbetter by the Education and Science Committee

2011/12 financial review of Learning Media Limited by the Education and Science Committee

2011/12 financial review of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited by the Education and Science Committee

2011/12 financial review of Industrial Research Limited by the Education and Science Committee

2011/12 financial review of Transpower New Zealand Limited by the Commerce Committee

2011/12 financial review of the New Zealand Productivity Commission by the Commerce Committee

MPs began Question Time.

Following Question Time, MPs will vote on a motion appointing Louise Upston to the Parliamentary Service Commission.

Then the last speech in the second reading of the Local Electoral Amendment Bill (No 2) will be followed by the second reading of the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill and the third reading of the Minimum Wage (Starting-out Wage) Amendment Bill


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